Sixers Interested in Former Top Overall Pick Anthony Bennett
The 76ers are among the teams that are considering putting a waiver claim in for former number one overall pick Anthony Bennett, who reached an agreement on a contract buyout with the Timberwolves, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
The Sixers already have signed contracts or verbal deals with 20 players for camp, so they’d have to get out of one of them to add Bennett, who has been a major bust since being drafted No. 1 overall in the 2013 draft - the same draft that produced Nerlens Noel.
The 22 year-old has Bennett played well for Team Canada this summer and recently said his recent improved play is due to a newfound confidence.
"[I'm] just playing with confidence, pretty much," Bennett admitted. "Just going out there, playing defense, running the court. Just doing the little things first and trying to make offense come to me."
He would be an interesting fit on the Sixers roster that seems to have some depth at the power forward position with Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, if he ever gets on the floor. Those three top talents coupled with some under-the-radar guys like veteran Carl Landry and Furkan Aldemir, who might be the player who improved the most since last season, would make finding time for Bennett tough.
But on a Sixers team that still isn't ready to make the jump to the playoffs just yet, it would be worth seeing if the former No. 1 overall pick is a late bloomer.